cafod.org.uk/connect2bangladesh Bijoli’s vegetable garden – pictures sent to you from Kainmari
Bijoli, who lives in Kainmari, Bangladesh, is married with two daughters. Her husband is a hospital porter. She has been trained by CAFOD’s partner Caritas Bangladesh to cultivate vegetables that will thrive in land contaminated with saltwater. Welcome to Kainmari, southern Bangladesh
“ In winter I will prune the branches of jujube trees and will cultivate winter vegetables,” says Bijoli.
“ In the summer the branches of jujube trees make the vegetable plot shady so I cultivated a shadow loving vegetable – aroid,” says Bijoli. “We eat this three or four days a week.”
Bijoli has also been trained in duck-rearing and given 34 ducks to start a small business.
“ I think education is the only thing that can lead to a better life,” says Bijoli. “ I hope my daughters will be more successful than me.”
Bijoli’s neighbours Profulla and Mamata need 500 taka a month (£5) to pay for an English and Maths tutor for their daughter. Profulla says: “At school there are 70 students in the class and it’s not possible for one teacher to look after them all. “ To help her get good grades I will reduce family expenses and save money for my daughter to have a better education.”
Profulla and his wife are increasing their income by rearing ducks and keeping small-scale shrimp ponds.
What your money can buy: £23 will buy baby shrimps, a bamboo basket, and training for a family to start their own shrimp farm. £35 will buy 25 ducklings, fencing and training for a family to start their own duck farm. £200 will pay for seeds, fertiliser, fencing materials and training for five families to start a vegetable garden and fruit orchard. cafod.org.uk/connect2bangladesh
Thank you Picture credits: Caritas Bangladesh cafod.org.uk/connect2bangladesh